(I don’t take credit for that great pun, it was a commenter on a news site)
I didn’t think I’d post about Real Racing 3, but I guess it is Apple related to an extent. At least, more of an extent than SimCity is.
I’m getting fairly peeved with EA’s Midas touch, that is, everything they touch turns to shit. The Sims 3 still isn’t as good as the Sims 2, proving yet again that the more financially interested they get in a series they’ve bought, the worse it gets. It’d cost what, £200+ to buy all of the current Sims 3 material?
I’ve been a fan of Real Racing since the start, and I have the receipts to prove it. I remember back when they had fake cars and yet it was still better than the Need for Speed apps. The they got a deal with VW, and the game seemed slightly jumbled, but it was still fun. Then they allowed people to try the game with Real Racing GTi, increasing their audience. Then they created a second game, with even more real cars and even better visuals. The around that point they merged with another developer and got bought by EA. Who as far as I and many other people are concerned, have driven them into the ground. There are literally hundreds of us who would rather pay $10 for a full Real Racing 3 experience. How much money do EA have? A lot.
With RR3 on my Android device, I have to have an internet connection to launch the game. Sound familiar? Yes, they also crippled SimCity with that. I am not waiting thirteen hours for the delivery of a digital car. People play games to escape real life, not re-play it. As you’ll notice in the image, I have a phenomenal amount of money, so I don’t have to wait. Obviously I didn’t buy that many IAPs, I don’t think even Trip Hawkins or John Riccitiello could afford to have done so. There are numerous ways for Android to get the maximum amount of coins and gold for nothing, which I would say takes all the point out of the game. But it doesn’t, EA already took all the point out of the game. I uninstalled it to save space, and I have no intention in reinstalling it, nor will I have any interest in playing it on iOS when I inevitably buy an iPhone. EA, as far as I’m concerned, have taken all the fun out the game. It’s no longer a “pick up and play” racing game – if I have no signal, I simply can’t play it. And if my only car needs an oil change, I again, simply can’t play it. If you’re a millionaire or have exploited the game, you’re going to have an advantage over everyone else. And when being online the only other opponents are random TSM people who’ve mostly also exploited the game, it’s incredibly unbalanced and those who play by the book will find themselves getting nowhere. It also doesn’t help that the winnings from races are so insignificant it’d take you years just to afford a second car. And EA didn’t even do freemium properly, as you can not only buy gold, but you can also buy the cash. That shouldn’t be an option. Normally in freemium games, you can only buy the gold, and convert the gold into a lesser (proportionately) amount of cash. But with RR3, you can just buy, or cheat, your way to the top. It isn’t a game, it’s a disgrace. But once again, EA will manage to attract many new players to the series, what with the whole free-or-bust culture Android has, so it’ll likely stay this same, corrupt, way. “People vote with their wallets”, and very rarely does that work out for the good of the public.
Anyway, ‘rant’ over. I’d recommend that you don’t give EA a cent for anything, but there’d have to be an awful lot of us doing that for them to even notice, let alone take any positive action.